It’s official: NGHS will build hospital in Lumpkin Co.

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GAINESVILLE, Ga. — Northeast Georgia Health System (NGHS) announced plans to offer hospital services at the former home of Chestatee Regional Hospital later this year and begin developing a new replacement hospital along Georgia 400 in Lumpkin County.

“We’re thrilled to share this exciting news, which ensures people in and around Lumpkin County will have local access to the high-quality health care they need for generations to come,” says Carol Burrell, president and CEO of NGHS.  “We appreciate the patience of the community as we’ve worked to create solutions that are high-quality, sustainable, and deliver on our mission to improve the health of the community in all we do.”

“This is an answered prayer for those of us who have lived and worked in Lumpkin County for decades,” says Donna Whitfield, MD, a fifth-generation Dahlonega native and internal medicine physician with Northeast Georgia Physicians Group who has practiced in Lumpkin County for 18 years.  “The roots of NGHS run deep in this area, which it’s helped care for since Northeast Georgia Medical Center Gainesville opened in 1951, and we know there’s no other organization better suited to start a new era of healthcare in this community.”

The NGHS team has already started working to open an emergency department – along with some inpatient beds, imaging equipment and other services – in July 2019 at the existing building that was once home to Chestatee Regional Hospital.  The new hospital facility will be called Northeast Georgia Medical Center Lumpkin, or NGMC Lumpkin for short.  Complete emergency services will be provided 24/7/365 by the same group of physicians that care for emergency patients at all Northeast Georgia Medical Center (NGMC) hospitals.

“Our physicians and Lumpkin County EMS already work very closely together, as the majority of emergency trauma, cardiac and stroke patients from the area have been transported to NGMC Gainesville for years,” says Mohak Davé, MD, chief of Emergency Medicine for NGMC.  “Now, we look forward to providing excellent emergency care for people in Lumpkin County and surrounding communities – closer to their homes.”

While offering services at the existing hospital site will preserve the Certificate of Need authority to operate a hospital in Lumpkin County and meet the short-term needs of the community, planning has also begun for a new replacement hospital facility to sit on 57 acres NGHS already owns along Georgia 400, near the intersection with Highway 60.  The new facility is tentatively scheduled to open in 2022 and expected to provide emergency services, inpatient medical/surgical care, imaging services and a focus on outpatient surgery.

“When we recently interviewed and surveyed people in the Lumpkin County area, the overwhelming majority told us three things – they need an emergency room, they want a new hospital that meets the needs of the community, and they trust and prefer Northeast Georgia Health System to care for them,” says Louis Smith, president of Acute and Post-Acute Operations for NGHS.  “We heard them, and we intend to deliver on all three counts.”

The number of beds and operating rooms at the new replacement hospital facility will be determined during the planning process, which will also explore innovative ways to deliver care.

“As the population and needs of this area grow, creating a new healthcare destination presents an opportunity to explore new ideas and expand the way people think about hospitals,” says Dr. Whitfield.  “I’m extremely interested in understanding how we can use digital technology, for things like virtual visits, and involve aspects of integrative medicine which include holistic care for the mind and spirit – not just the body.”

As the transition from the existing hospital facility to the new hospital facility is on the horizon, planning for how the existing facility will be used long-term is also in the works. NGHS currently leases the former Chestatee Regional Hospital property from The University System of Georgia Board of Regents. At some point in the future, the University of North Georgia will likely relocate some of its health sciences programs and services to the property.

“These positive changes in our local healthcare landscape create exciting opportunities to enhance the way we teach and prepare our students,” says Dr. Bonita Jacobs, president of the University of North Georgia (UNG).  “We look forward to the potential to collaborate with NGHS and other local providers.”

Other local leaders are optimistic about other ways a new hospital could impact the community.

“I’ve driven and supported efforts to establish a new hospital in Lumpkin County and expand UNG’s healthcare programs on the Dahlonega campus, in large part because of the role healthcare plays in today’s economics,” says Senator Steve Gooch, a Dahlonega resident and former executive director of Lumpkin County’s Development Authority.  “We’ve all seen the growth and prosperity a new hospital and associated development can bring, and we look forward to working alongside NGHS to build a better future for our community.”

 

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Dahlonega man killed in crash on Morrison Moore

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DAHLONEGA, Ga. – An early-morning, two-vehicle crash on Morrison Moore Parkway one-half mile north of Pink Dogwood Lane claimed the life of a 56-year-old Dahlonega man today (July 6).

An incident report filed by Georgia State Patrol Post 37 indicates that Joseph Angelo Chiero was killed when his Hyundai Sonata was struck head-on by a Toyota Camry driven by Margaret Riches, 26 also of Dahlonega.

The report states that Riches was driving north on Morrison Moore and, for an unknown reason, crossed the center line and struck the Hyundai head-on. The Sonata traveled onto the west shoulder and overturned onto its left side. Chiero was not wearing a seatbelt and was partially ejected.  He was pronounced dead at the scene.

A third vehicle, a 2017 Chevrolet Cruz driven by Mr. Brandon Roscoe Nix, 36 of Dahlonega, was traveling south on SR 9 and struck several large pieces of the crash debris.  He was uninjured.

Riches was transported to Northeast Georgia Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.  She was charged with failure to maintain lane and second-degree vehicular homicide.

 

 

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Army combat veteran Jeff Moran’s experience in Iraq, Afghanistan has prepared him to lead

Election 2018

FetchYourNews will post a series of profile articles on both candidates for the District 4 seat on the Lumpkin County Board of Commissioners. This is the first in that series.

DAHLONEGA, Ga. – Jeff Moran’s life has been guided by the principle of service before self. He proved that during a stellar 26-year career in the U.S. Army that included multiple leadership roles and three combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Now he wants to serve his county as a member of the Lumpkin County Board of Commissioners. But first, he will have to defeat Clarence Grindle in a July 24 runoff. In last week’s General Primary, Grindle received 1,005 votes to Moran’s 956. Mark Zeller finished third with 538 votes.

In an exclusive interview with FetchYourNews Tuesday, Moran said he is well-prepared to hold the office.

“One thing the military has always been good at is producing leaders,” he said. “I can’t think of a bigger leadership challenge than leading people into combat.”

Moran entered the Army as a private but rose up the ranks to become a commissioned officer and ultimately to the rank of major. During his combat deployments, he commanded 180 soldiers. The last was an outpost on the outskirts of the mountains of Afghanistan, a 13-hour ride away from reinforcement on the Pakistani border.

He and his men did more than carry out combat missions, however. “We provided security for a district the size of two counties, attended government meetings, sat with them and talked about issues like building schools, retaining walls to divert flood waters and paving projects. So there were a lot of things that directly relate to being a county commissioner that I was actually able to do as a combat officer. With all those combat deployments, there were some serious leadership challenges, and I was successful in all of them,” Moran stated.

Moran said the critical issue facing Lumpkin County is economic development: “We need more industrial growth in the county. Right now, our citizens drive outside the county to work, shop, eat, find entertainment and get medical care. They travel to surrounding counties and sink millions of dollars into their economy as opposed to our own. With an effective plan of commercial and industrial growth, we can address economic development while still maintaining the charm of Dahlonega and preserving the beauty of Lumpkin County.”

There is little doubt that explosive growth is headed northward up the Ga. 400 corridor to Lumpkin County. Moran said the county is eerily similar in population and growth rate to Forsyth County in the late 1990s. “Look at Forsyth now. We can either come up with a plan and get ahead of growth and manage it properly or stick our heads in the sand and hope for the best,” Moran stressed.

Moran said the possibility of Northeast Georgia Medical Center building a hospital at the intersection of Ga. 400 and Hwy. 60 will “create a spark that will ignite growth here in the community. It’s going to bring jobs to the community where people can live here and work here too, not just doctors and surgeons, but nurses, technicians, x-ray techs, cafeteria workers and custodial staff.”

Moran said he will work to ensure transparency on the board and enhance communication with the citizens of the county by recommending that all meetings be streamed live on the county website and recorded so that all citizens will have access to them.

Now that he has settled into civilian life, he is the senior Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (JROTC) instructor at Lumpkin County High School. His wife Brenda owns her own small business in Lumpkin County. The couple has four grown children.

“I have the time, energy, passion and dedication to serve the people of Lumpkin County,” Moran said.

 

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Dawsonville man killed in single-vehicle wreck

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DAHLONEGA, Ga. – A Dawsonville man was killed in a single-vehicle traffic accident on Hwy. 52 West Monday night near its intersection with Applewood Lane in Lumpkin County.

The deceased was identified by Lumpkin County Coroner Jim Sheppard as 52-year-old Jeffrey Wayne Disharoon, of 47 Betts Mine Road in Dawson County.

According to a Georgia State Patrol incident report, Disharoon was the driver of a Ford Econoline van traveling west on state Road 52 when it failed to negotiate a left-hand curve, overturned and struck a tree with its top. The van came to rest on its right side facing south on the north shoulder of SR 52.

Tambra Nelson, 55, of Lumpkin County, was a front-seat passenger in the van. She was transported to Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville where she was treated for unknown injuries.

The report indicates that both victims had their seatbelts on and that drugs and alcohol are not suspected to be a factor in this crash.

 

 

 

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Johns Creek Man Dies in Dahlonega Motorcycle Crash

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DAHLONEGA, Ga. – Lumpkin County Sheriff Stacy Jarrard said a Johns Creek man was killed Saturday morning in a single-vehicle motorcycle accident on Towns Creek Church Road.

Lumpkin County Coroner Jim Sheppard identified the man as 49-year-old Rajendrajdnrda Jamadagni, Georgia State Patrol, Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office and EMS responded to the accident.

Sheppard said Jamadagni was conscious when he was airlifted to Northeast Georgia Medical Center at 9:59 a.m. He was pronounced dead at 12:35 p.m.

 

 

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Driver of Van that Plowed into Moe’s on Monday is Charged With DUI, Reckless Driving

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DAHLONEGA, Ga. – Russell Moss, 28, of Woodstock has been charged with DUI and reckless driving after he struck six other cars then plowed into a crowded Moe’s Southwest Restaurant on Morrison Moore Parkway with a plumbing van during lunch hour on Monday.

 

Several people were injured, including Moss, who suffered what has been described as serious injuries. He was transported to Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville. All but one of the injured were in their cars. Their injuries were believed to be non-life threatening. One person inside the restaurant was injured when he tried to jump out of the way.

 

Lumpkin County Sheriff Stacy Jarrard asked for prayers from the community for the victims.

 

The incident remains under investigation by the Georgia State Patrol.

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Mother Charged With Murder in Death of Infant Son

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MEGAN DIXDAHLONEGA, Ga. — More than a year after the death of her two-month old son, 19-year-old Megan Dix of Dahlonega has been arrested and charged with murder in connection his death.

The Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office responded to Ms. Dix’s residence on Winters Mountain Road for a medical issue involving her son, Jalen, on Dec. 15, 2015. Upon arrival, the child was found to be unresponsive.

The child was rushed to Northeast Georgia Medical Center and later to Scottish Rite Hospital in Atlanta where he died. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation performed an autopsy that determined the injury could not have been self-inflicted. However, it took more than a year before the results were ready to be presented to a Grand Jury.

Earlier this month, the Lumpkin County Superior Court Grand Jury returned an indictment that charged Dix with malice murder, felony murder, aggravated assault, aggravated battery and cruelty to children in the first degree.

Dix was arrested at her home on Skyline Drive and transported to the Lumpkin County Detention Center where she is being held without bond.
Sheriff Jarrard said that Dix admitted to being with the baby at the time of the incident that claimed the child’s life.

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1 Killed, 1 Serously Injured in Dahlonega Crash

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DAHLONEGA, Ga. – One person was killed and another seriously injured in a head-on collision on Morrison Moore near the intersection of Rabel Drive in Lumpkin County Friday at 7:34 p.m.

According to the report by Georgia State Patrol SFC Curtis W. Bradshaw Jr., Bonnie Bisbee, 50, of Dahlonega was killed while traveling south on Ga. Hwy. 60 in a 2003 Chevrolet Blazer that crossed the centerline, striking the 2006 Dodge Ram driven by Shandra Loggins, 50, of Dahlonega head on.

Bradshaw stated that the Bisbee vehicle rotated counter clockwise and came to an uncontrolled rest, blocking the northbound travel lane facing east.. The Loggins vehicle traveled off the east shoulder rotating counter clockwise and came to a final uncontrolled rest facing west

Bisbee was pronounced dead at the scene. Loggins received serious injuries and was transported to Northeast Georgia Medical Center for treatment

 

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